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Grade 2-2

School Telephone: (718) 631-3153

Principal: Ms. Miriam Bonici                     

School Secretary: Ms. Debbie Fasciana       

School IT Administrator: Mr. Dennis Duong 

Classroom Platform: SEESAW

Communication: School Website, Email, SEESAW, Class DoJo


Special Class Schedule:

Monday: GYM


Wednesday: MUSIC

Thursday: SPANISH and ART


Homework LINK:  Homework

 Class 2-2 Newsletter LINK: Newsletter


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March 1-5th Newsletter/Grade 2/Mrs. DiMarcello

Posted on March 4, 2021

Dear Grade 2 Parents,

The students worked very hard this week in all subjects. In Mathematics, students continued to identify place value of three digit numbers up to 1,000. Students compared three digit numbers using greater than (>), less than (<) and equal to (=). Continue to work with your child using expanded form and practice the spelling of number words. 


Standard Form: 231

Word Form: two hundred thirty–one

Expanded Form: 200 + 30 +1

In English Language Arts, students are continuing to recall facts and details from a text using the 5 W’s and are being guided by the use of graphic organizers to organize their ideas when writing. We continue to work with spelling and punctuation when editing  work.

This week students focused on finishing the novel Heroes For All Times by using Susan B. Anthony to create a short writing piece that was modeled in their notebook as we begin to write our own biographies.

Students also independently read short biography texts, worked on the skill “stop and jot” to write down important notes/details, and created short summaries to practice for their final writing Biography assessment project.


In Religion, students continue to discuss and practice the Stations of the Cross. Students began a reflection booklet project on the Stations.

In Science/Social Studies, students discussed and wrote about the Liberty Bell and its significance to our country. In Science, students worked with Mr. Signorello in STEM by sorting all kinds of matter and identifying its properties.


Dates to Remember & Reminders:

Monday, March 8 – Landmarks Report due

Thursday, March 11 – Topic 9 Math Test

Friday, March 12 – Biography Research Notes due

Friday, March 12 – Crazy Hair/Hat day!


Have a wonderful weekend!

Grade 2/Mrs. Di Marcello Newsletter Week of 2/22

Posted on February 25, 2021

Students’ Paper Bag Biographies!

In Balanced Literacy, students read several biographies on Rosa Parks. Rosa Parks was an African American civil rights activist who fought for equal rights. Students completed a KWL chart before, during, and after their reading selection.  In this lesson, students created a story chart using a graphic organizer to analyze the main character in a story. Then students completed a bubble chart which identified character traits about Rosa Park. As a writing activity students wrote a narrative on: “I’m brave like Rosa Parks when I…”

After, students completed a paper bag biography project on Rosa Parks which included several skills that engaged students in discussion, reading, writing, and performing.   The students colored and cut out props connected to Rosa Parks’ historical story.  The props helped facilitate the student’s memories as they worked together to sequence and retell this important story. 

In Social Studies/Science, students continue to read articles about the Symbols of the United States and States of Matter. Students are learning to paraphrase questions and cite details from the text.

In Religion, students are beginning to discuss the Stations of the Cross and the significance of the Three Holy Days in Lent.

In Mathematics, students started their unit adding/subtracting three-digit numbers. Students are understanding the differences between standard and expanded form.

Grade 2/DiMarcello Newsletter Week of 2/8

Posted on February 12, 2021

In Mathematics, the students are working on their unit on Time and Money. In the first two lessons, coins were introduced to give students an opportunity to discuss the uses of coins in their daily lives. Students discussed ways their families use coins/ money in their everyday lives. The students also discussed we used coins to shop, save coins in a bank, or putt coins into vending machines, or in parking meters.

Student’s ability to count money relies on their ability to integrate and master challenging, non-trivial skills that require a solid foundation.

-They must conserve the number and perform simple arithmetic.

-They need to use counting skills to count by 5, 10, and 25.

-They need to identify and name each coin as a single unit: penny, nickel, dime, and quarter.

-In order to count coins, they must know the value of each coin as 1, 5, 10, and 25.

-Children should understand that money amounts can be represented in various ways as they learn to write decimals, and they use the decimal point to express money amounts.

         In Religion, students are discussing how God shows us that God’s laws are built on love. God gives us laws to protect everyone and to treat everyone with love, kindness, and respect.

         In Science, students discussed how the States of Matter can change shape.

         In Social Studies, students read an article, “The Three Symbols of the United States.” Students discussed that the United States of America has some special symbols such as The American Flag, The Liberty Bell and The White House.

In Balanced Literacy, students were presented with information about Sojourner Truth in order to gain an understanding of her character traits and how the person that she was shaped the events of her life. During this unit, students develop an awareness and understanding of the role of women in history; enhance critical thinking skills; understand the role of Sojourner Truth in suffrage and abolitionism. This week, students discussed and recorded responses on chart paper of the significance of the word Freedom and what it means to be free in the United States. Next, students read, an article on Sojourner Truth and recorded facts from the text. Then, students discussed what Sojourner Truth accomplished. As a writing assessment, students wrote a diary entry from the perspective of Sojourner Truth.


Have a great February break!

Week of 2/1 Grade 2 Newsletter

Posted on February 5, 2021


Students continued reading Magic Tree House: Civil War on Sunday by making connections, identifying character traits, and citing details about the Civil War. Students read a biography on Clara Barton and are beginning to learn how to gather facts and create detailed notes to explain a text in writing.

On Wednesday, February 10th, students will come to school dressed up for the Grade 2 Winter Wonderland Ball. Parents will be given a zoom link to visit the class and students recite their very own fairy tale poems. Invitations were distributed in student’s folders on Thursday, February 4, 2021.

          In Religion, students shared how we know God loves us. We learned what the word sacred means and that we are all special and important in God’s eyes.

          In Mathematics, students discussed how to show money amounts in two different ways. Students are observing coins to become familiar with the counting of money.

          In Social Studies, students discussed the symbols of our country. Students discussed how people and places stand for America.

          As Grade 2 moves into the end of the second marking period, we wanted to review our expectations for Grade 2

  • Students should be reading 20-25 minutes every night. Students should be reading and finishing a chapter book or novel by the end of each week, based on their reading level. For example, A Magic Tree House or Cam Jensen Novel ranges from 60-80pages. These series should be finished at the end of the week. Students should be able to retell a story, using the 5W’s, and retell the most important event, and tell why. By June, the goal is to have the students reading at a level L/M. Reading builds fluency, spelling, vocabulary, and spelling. During reading, cite any new words, create a list, look up the meaning, use a clue to figure out what a word means, write a sentence.
  • Practice your spelling words, create post-its, cards, and use any activities from the menu.
  • Students should be writing at least 5 detailed sentences in their Reading Reflection Notebook with effort. Parents should be working with their child and checking all assignments. Recommendations are also made weekly in our newsletters, such as, skills to work on and review. Are we doing this at home?
  • It is important to discuss emails with your children regarding any work assignments or reminders. Some students folders are still filled with papers from October. Please clean out and file any old papers in your child’s folders. Work with your child on organization with materials such as folders and notebooks. In the fall, we sent home suggestions: practicing using loose-leaf with your child, writing the proper format, headings, dates, and writing inside the lines. These are part of the skills that will help your child in daily routines in any grades.
  • Homework is given as review for reinforcement and practice. Homework is like a study period. Students will receive ELA, Reading, and Math each night. Moving forward, students will be given additional assignments to work on in all subjects.

Our curriculum is followed by New York State and we have been incorporating and reviewing first grade skills since the fall.

Below is a recap of skills your child will be able to do which was discussed and distributed in the fall.

           Students will:

  • read high frequency words in text
  • decode words in text
  • read grade level text with fluency
  • learn, understand, and apply new vocabulary
  • use clues from text to determine meaning of a word
  • monitor comprehension while reading
  • determine central ideas of text
  • recount stories using important information
  • analyze characters’ responses to events
  • use text features to locate key details in informational text
  • compare and contrast the most important points in text
  • use capitalization and punctuation appropriately
  • write and speak using grammatically correct sentences
  • organize and sequence related sentences to convey ideas
  • write narratives, opinion pieces, and informational pieces
  • proofread, edit, and revise written work
  • apply spelling strategies in writing
  • write legibly, forming letters correctly



In Mathematics: Through activities, daily practice and problems, and games, students will:

  • demonstrate understanding of place value concepts through 1,000
  • skip count within by 5’s, 10’s and 100’s from a given amount
  • demonstrate fluency with addition facts to 20
  • demonstrate fluency with subtraction facts from 20
  • add 2-digit numbers with and without regrouping
  • subtract 2-digit numbers with and without regrouping
  • demonstrate use of strategies to solve a variety of 1 and 2-step word problems with numbers within 100
  • identify and draw shapes to demonstrate understanding of attributes
  • measure length by selecting and using appropriate tools
  • describe how different measurements of the same object relate to the size of the unit chosen
  • solve problems involving money to demonstrate understanding of the value of coins and bills
  • create picture and bar graphs to represent data and interpret information
  • make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
  • communicate mathematical thinking clearly and precisely


This is a reminder that Catholic School’s Week begins on Monday. Students may wear their pajamas to school on Monday. There will be a math test on Money next Thursday, February 11th.


Have a good weekend.

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